The Holistic Librarian – Thing 23+1

Hi, I’m Patrick Overy and I am the subject librarian for Law and Business.

Task 23+1 was to document “Where could a researcher go to get help writing a data management plan?”

What I knew about the topic beforehand:

I have never been asked to help to write a data management plan, although I am often consulted about research sources, bibliographic software and literature reviews.

What I know now

Students on the Open Exeter project have produced a useful guide to new researchers, available on ERIC as Research Data Management Survival Guide

http://hdl.handle.net/10036/3738

The Library is also building up an online resource at http://as.exeter.ac.uk/library/resources/openaccess/openexeter/datamanagement/

The DCC has developed an online tool to help researchers https://dmponline.dcc.ac.uk/ – this includes customised sections relevant to specific funders.

There is also a useful online guide produced by the University of Bath at http://www.bath.ac.uk/research/data/planning/checklist.html

How did I obtain this knowledge?

Try online sources of advice in the UK and beyond – the Digital Curation Centre  http://www.dcc.ac.uk/ to start with but also further afield, e.g

http://library.uoregon.edu/datamanagement/index.html

Some funders require a data management plan as part of research proposals, e.g. the National Science Foundation in the USA (see How to Write a Data Management Plan for a National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal: http://intranet2.lternet.edu/node/3248)

Finally, each task asks the questions “What else would you like to know about the topic?” and “How did you find this task? How would you improve it?”

I am sure that I will need to know more about all of these topics to meet the needs of researchers but so far I will just have to react to individual requests. I found the tasks useful and hope the results will feed into a permanent online resource.

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This post was written by Hannah Lloyd-Jones on November 30, 2012

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  1. Hannah Lloyd-Jones November 30, 2012 11:22

    Hi Patrick,

    Just to add that Gareth Cole, the Data Curation Officer, is currently the main contact for giving advice on data management plans to researchers.

    Hannah

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